gro·​cery | \ ˈgrōs-rē How to pronounce grocery (audio) , ˈgrō-sə-; ˈgrōsh-rē How to pronounce grocery (audio) \
plural groceries

Definition of grocery

1 groceries plural : the food and supplies sold by a grocer usually singular in British usage
2 : a grocer's store

Examples of grocery in a Sentence

She stopped to pick up some groceries for supper.
Recent Examples on the Web Shoppers at an Indiana Kroger were in for a big surprise when a deer tore through the grocery store Saturday evening. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Kroger shoppers in Indiana film deer running through aisles, jumping meat counter," 18 Feb. 2020 And with this magical time of year, when colorful boxes adorn co-workers' desks and kids hawking sweets appear at grocery-store booths, comes the inevitable forming of camps. Author: Emily Heil, Anchorage Daily News, "The best and worst Girl Scout cookies, ranked by a panel of pastry chefs and Scouts," 18 Feb. 2020 When the Loma Prieta earthquake hit in 1989, everything was offline for days, including gas pumps, banks and grocery stores. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Reader worries about storing sensitive information online," 16 Feb. 2020 But As Kneaded also supplies many Bay Area grocery stores with gorgeous, crusty loaves of many types of bread. Janelle Bitker,, "Jewish bakeries on the rise in the Bay Area," 14 Feb. 2020 Kardashian-West shows us the mini ice cream stand, grocery store, kitchen, washer and dryer sets, which Chicago mostly uses. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "See Inside the Kardashian-West Playroom, Which Has a Concert Stage, Craft Closet, and Grocery Store," 13 Feb. 2020 More than three-quarters, or 84%, of grocery store chains fail to offer any public description of their process for notifying customers about recalls, PIRG found. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Worried about food recalls? Don't count on your grocery store," 12 Feb. 2020 First, the advent of grocery store sushi, specifically the Whole Foods sushi bar model, helped Southern Californians begin to trust inexpensive raw fish. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 12 Feb. 2020 Like, there are millions of people in coal mining towns across India, who run local tea stalls shops, restaurants, and grocery stores and thus if the coal industry declines, the survival of all these jobs will be difficult. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "India needs nearly 30 times more solar power to phase out coal jobs," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of grocery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grocery

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The first known use of grocery was in the 15th century

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21 Feb 2020

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“Grocery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grocery

: food sold by a grocer : food bought at a store


gro·​cery | \ ˈgrō-sə-rē How to pronounce grocery (audio) , ˈgrōs-rē \
plural groceries

Kids Definition of grocery

1 groceries plural : food and household supplies sold at a store
2 : a store that sells food and household supplies

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